On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, the Fourth District Court of Appeal in Venezia v. JP Morgan Acquisition Corp, Case No. 4D18-1278, 44 Fla. L. Weekly D1329a (Fla. 4th DCA May 22, 2019), held that “as the case was voluntarily dismissed and there was no judicial determination that the parties were not parties to the contract the Borrower was entitled to fees.”
In reaching this holding, the Fourth District Court of Appeal cited to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Elkind, 254 So. 3d 1153, 1154 (Fla. 4th DCA 2018), which held that a “borrower who had raised lack of standing as an affirmative defense was entitled to prevailing party attorney's fees following the bank's voluntary dismissal.” The court in Elkind reasoned, that “[s]tanding was never litigated below and the trial court never made a finding that the bank or the borrower were not parties to the contract” and thus, “the borrower did not prevail on his argument that dismissal was required because the bank lacked standing to sue on the contract.”
As noted above, this case is distinguished from Glass, as this case did not involve a judicial determination that no contract existed between the parties. This case is not yet final and subject to rehearing.
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PLG litigation attorney Will Noriega, Esq. secures a per curiam affirmance (PCA) win in favor of foreclosing lender in Florida. See below for details on this recent PCA obtained on an appeal handled by Padgett Law Group. Though this result does not create any binding case law, it should serve as a basis of confidence when confronting the following issues within the trial court:
Today, the Florida Supreme Court in Glass v. Nationstar, LLC, Case No. SC17-1387, recalled its mandate, and withdrew its opinion dated January 4, 2019.
Accordingly, the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Nationstar v. Glass, Case No. 4D15-4561, opinion remains in effect, where the Fourth District Court of Appeal held that when a foreclosure case is dismissed for lack of standing, the borrower may not take advantage of the attorney fee provision of the mortgage to seek fees.
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Seth J. Greenhill, Esq., a bankruptcy attorney in Padgett Law Group's Fort Lauderdale, FL office authored a feature article in industry publication DS News' April issue. The issue is currently on newsstands. In his article, Greenhill discusses a court of appeals ruling that could have implications for creditors in Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases. The issue at hand is defining the term "provided for." Click here to read Greenhill's article or contact Seth directly.
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